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  1. Healthy_life2

    The No Excuses Support Thread

    Trust your professionals and follow your own plan. Enough said.
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    The No Excuses Support Thread

    Calories are not created equal. A junk food diet in weight loss calories vs healthy foods in weight loss calories. Google it. Sent from my SM-G930T using BariatricPal mobile app
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    The Maintenance Thread

    I agree with you, If people invest in plastics they don't want to waste the money. They are more likely to maintain. I have an issue with ALL the statics on long term success rates. My surgeons office is a gold standard of excellence, They are required to follow patient five years and report to a national data base. Per my office, many patients stop showing up for yearly check ups after two years. The statistics reported are not accurate. This includes people with skin removal.
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    The Maintenance Thread

    Sorry for the long response. Pre surgery, I don't think I had a sensation of full. Hunger and cravings were intense. Post surgery - Many of us experience times of real and head hunger. I'm not " really hungry all the time" Five years out, My hunger is manageable. It normal to have less sleeve restriction years out, ( my sleeve is not stretched or back to full size) I can fill the extra space with real whole foods, stay within my maintenance calories, and feel satisfied. There is no reason to eat weight gain calories just because I can hold more food. Only my experience, (you most likely have herd these things before) Real hunger happens when I skip meals, eat the wrong food, eat under my calories, and working out. Head hunger happens when I'm bored, around temptation or stressed/emotional. I know theses things about myself. I learned how to satisfy hunger when it happens. If I deny cravings, I just want them more. I keep healthy low calorie options for sweet and salty on hand. In weight loss mode, I avoid certain things. I cant stop at a small amount of chocolate or a bag of chips. *laughing* I know myself. My husband hides them from me. Life should be lived in maintenance. I have times I indulge, take vacations, and carb load for sports. Afterward, I have cravings and hunger. I eat my bariatric plan and carvings/ hunger go away. I eat dense protein, veggies and other items on my plan. (They stay in my sleeve longer than slider/soft stage foods) peppermint tea calms my sleeve I spread my meals out five/six a day, Schedule a protein snack before bed. Head hunger and night snacking -I keep a veggie tray and fruit in the fridge, I allow my self to eat as much until full. If I try to bargain for other items I know its head hunger.
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    Exercise is a Must

    Stalls and plateaus will happen. See embrace the stall link below. Read through the posts. Know that you are not alone. Exercise will compliment your health and weight loss. Exercise is a choice. Weight loss is more dependent on diet if you don't exercise.(I'm not encouraging sedation for those of us that have the ability to move) You are asking what you can do as exercise, Below are some options Do what is in your ability level. Walk in the house. physical therapy, They can help set up exercises for your limitations and avoiding injury. Chair stretching, chair cardio, chair light weight lifting, chair HIIT. I love Pahla B Fittness - If interested, Subscribe to her page. Look for her seated workouts. Wishing you all the best.
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    Nearly 16 years later

    Thanks for sharing your story and fabulous results, Your primary care physician is not the deciding factor for plastics. You can also get a second opinion by another Dr. You may want to call your insurance provider to see if they changed their stance on plastics. Most insurance companies don't cover plastics. Many people have to self pay if they choose skin removal.
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    2020 Vets Updates

    What? You are a vet. Thanks for all your help over the years.
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    2020 Vets Updates

    Happy 2020!🍾 I'm five years post op. Starting weight was 254 Lowest 125. I maintained pretty easy in my first two years. My honeymoon ended when I had a regain in my third year. It was an emotional freak out moment. I came back to this site for support and worked the weight off. I maintain in the 130's. I give myself a ten pound bounce range to work up and down the scale. So far so good. We will see how I do in the years to come. I identify as a weight loss patient but, life is normal and mundane this far out. People no longer comment about weight loss. Most have no Idea that I was obese. I am vigilant about my weight. I indulge and take diet/exercise breaks. When the scale moves up, I go back to bariatric weight loss diet. I looked into plastics my first and fifth year out. I backed out both times. I'm done with people judging my body at any size. I'm comfortable in my loose skin *wink* I will never be a bikini model with the damage I did being obese. *I was not a bikini model before surgery.* Before and after.
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    Prohibition 1920's theme party last night. Loose skin showing and I didn't care *smile* Back on track after all the holiday indulging. Happy 2020 all. Lets do this!
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    My new way of living

    Glad you found a long term sustainable way to eat. The work continues after goal, right? Keep us updated.😀
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    Stop the gain!

    New year and new ten pound goal. Glad you came here for support. The work never ends, right? I'm five years and worked down a gain in my third year. Some threads on this site that may help you get back on track. We have a monthly group weight loss challenge. December is below. They will post the January challenge soon Doing the head work. May help get your mind back in the game. Intermittent fasting Food before and after photos (some are in maintenance mode)
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    Experiment with other carbohydrate foods that wont trigger old behaviors. Bagels trip me up. When I have them I crave them . They whisper sweet nothings to me *smile* I cant have just one. Its my addiction food. Carbs that don't trip me up are sweet potato. I add brown rice in stir fry ( a small amount won't bloat me) I eat flat out bread for pizza or sandwiches. (high fiber,low carb added protein) Hope you find what works for you
  13. Wow, fantastic weight loss Stalls are frustrating. Keep working your plan and the scale will move again. The link below "embrace the stall" may help answer your questions. https://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/351046-embrace-the-stall/
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    Any new toys for after weight loss?

    workout gear
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    Workout shoes/sneakers

    Stability shoes work best for me. I invest in my shoes but I don't go crazy with price. Asics, Brooks, Hoka one one. I can find sales at REI, dicks sporting goods or amazon. Types of Running Shoes Neutral shoes: They can work for mild pronators, but are best for neutral runners or people who supinate (tent to roll outward). These shoes provide some shock absorption and some medial (arch-side) support. Some super-cushioned shoes provide as much as 50% more cushioning than traditional shoes for even greater shock absorption. Stability shoes: Good for runners who exhibit mild to moderate overpronation. They often include a firm "post” to reinforce the arch side of each midsole, an area highly impacted by overpronation. Motion control shoes: Best for runners who exhibit moderate to severe overpronation, they offer features such as stiffer heels or a design built on straighter lasts to counter overpronation. Barefoot shoes: Soles provide the bare minimum in protection from potential hazards on the ground. Many have no cushion in the heel pad and a very thin layer—as little as 3–4mm—of shoe between your skin and the ground. All barefoot shoes feature a “zero drop” from heel to toe. (“Drop” is the difference between the height of the heel and the height of the toe.) This encourages a mid-foot or forefoot strike. Traditional running shoes, by contrast, feature a 10–12mm drop from the heel to the toe and offer more heel cushioning. Minimalist shoes: These feature extremely lightweight construction, little to no arch support and a heel drop of about 4–8mm to encourage a natural running motion and a midfoot strike, yet still offer cushioning and flex. Some minimalist styles may offer stability posting to help the overpronating runner transition to a barefoot running motion. Minimalist shoes should last you roughly 300 to 400 miles.
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    Daily Menus for Maintenance

    Maintenance weight loss mode – down two pounds. Calories 1023 – 95 protein – 65 carbs- 25 fiber- 46 fat Breakfast 8 oz Egg white 1 oz Baby spinach 3 Grape tomatoes 2 cups Coffee 2 packets Splenda with fiber Lunch 3 oz Hummus and 3 oz sugar snap peas Dinner 3.2 50/50 salad spring mix 2 oz Pomegranate seed 7.2 Chicken 1 oz Sliced almonds .5 oz Hemp seed 1 oz Skinny girl raspberry vinaigrette Snack Dannon light n fit cherry Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon chia seed
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    When ur sick

    @Purplepaige70 there are no dumb questions *smile* Not sure what you mean by sick? Stomach is upset as you heal from surgery? Flu bug? Complications? GERD? You can always call your dietitian for advice on what to eat and let them know you are not able to tolerate protein or hit your protein goal for the day. Most of us have a hard time getting food in as you heal. It takes time. Personally, I would follow my plan If its not a complication/medical issue.
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    Side effect and skin sagging

    Its great you are having this done at 22, Your skin may recover better than some of us that are older. Being comfortable and confident in your own skin is important. After goal decide what you want to do, I have backed out of plastics. My skin is not that bad and its livable.
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    Side effect and skin sagging

    @Girlwithadream welcome to the site. Getting cold feet is normal as you get closer to your date. Pre surgery anxiety can make you question your decision. Loose skin is an unknown factor with rapid weight loss. There is no way to know how much you will have until you get closer to goal. Weight lifting can fill in the skin a bit. Plastic surgery is the only way to get rid of it, Look at the before and after's. For vanity sake, How do people look after weight loss? I would say younger and healthier.......even with loose skin.😉
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    Going Vegan... Is It Possible?

    @KennyM 17 years out. You have done fantastic. Yes, vegan can be done. Link to the vegetarian/vegan bariatric thread on this site below. It may help to read the past posts. They can answer questions from experience. Vegetarian/vegan 101: https://www.bariatricpal.com/forum/1101-vegetarian-or-vegan-eating/
  21. Sorry your nutritionist was not helpful My instructions, three oz of protein. I added veggies and other item on my plan when I had room to fit it in. I ate slowly and followed my signal of full. No one can say when you may feel less surgery restriction. It’s different for each of us. My experience - Six months out, I could feel less sleeve restriction. Years out, my sensation of full and food volume is different. I logged and stayed within my weight loss calories and macros. It was a great way to learn the basics. This plate may help give a visual of volume – follow foods allowed on your plan (starch was not on my plan)
  22. I have the same breast issues that you are describing. (I do not like the uniboob no separation bras. They have no support) I had a bra fitting. The type that works for me has underwire, clasp and zip front. The girls are still an issue. I’m just living with it.
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    Need help Weight gain

    I went back and read your past posts on the site. I'm sorry to hear about your brain and spine surgery in 2016. Was the Bypass in February a revision surgery? Your surgeons office ruled out medical issues, right? Did they give you any instructions on diet logging your food in an app? You posted this Posted April 19, 2016 Hi everyone, I am 3 1/2 out and I am gaining weight. I had lost 180lbs with 20 to go but now I have gained 30lbs. Over the passed 2 years I have had two major surgery that have lifted me not able to excise or eat right. I don't have a nut anymore because he retired. Can someone please tell me how I can get back on track.
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    The Maintenance Thread

    Pre-surgery, I would lose weight and then gain with extra weight. . I had to be brutally honest with myself. My fear regain was not in a healthy place. You have proven you can work a weight bounce up and down the scale. You are someone that I really don't worry about. You're vigilant but you know you can live life and indulge within reason Enjoy Christmas. I will be right here with you working down my weight bounce. You are doing fantastic Sent from my SM-G930T using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Daily Menus for Maintenance

    Getting over the flu bug. My appetite is back. 1298 calories - protein 109 – Carbs 107 – fiber 26 - fats 55 Breakfast 1 cup coffee .5 unsweetened cashew milk. 2 packets Splenda with fiber. Lunch 3 oz sugar snap peas 2 oz pine nut hummus 3 plain rice cakes topped with 3 sweet and spicy tuna packs Dinner (big ass salad and soup) 3 0z salad spring mix 3 oz Rotisserie chicken 4 Strawberries .5 oz Chili lime pepitas 1 oz Sliced almonds 1 oz Skinny girl raspberry vinaigrette 1 bowl Homemade vegetable beef soup